Ginger {Zingiber officinale}

Also, Known As: African Ginger Ardraka Black Ginger Chiang Gan-jiang Ginger Nagara Race Ginger Shen-jiang Sunthi Zingiber officinale, the official name of the common ginger was coined by the famous eighteenth-century Swedish botanist and general naturalist, Carl Linnaeus. While Latinizing the name, Carl Linnaeus also derived the name Zingiber for the generic term, using the … Continue reading Ginger {Zingiber officinale}

PARTRIDGEBERRY

My botany professors first introduced me to partridgeberry, and with excitement I recognized the scientific name as a medicinal from one of my herbal books. This was back in the late 70's when the modern herbal literature was scanty, computers were not in my reality, and I still had yet to meet a herbalist in … Continue reading PARTRIDGEBERRY

The Antioxidants – Free-Radical Fighters

Antioxidants are basically a specific type of molecules that protect our body from the damages caused by the detrimental free radicals. Precisely speaking, antioxidants work as defenses against the disparaging actions of free radicals produced by our body during different processes. In this article we shall concentrate on the four major antioxidant nutrients - vitamin … Continue reading The Antioxidants – Free-Radical Fighters

Garlic {Allium sativum}

ALSO, KNOWN AS: Clove Garlic Da Suan Garlic Poor-man’s-treacle Rashona Rustic’s Treacle Stinking Rose Tricolor Garlic The common kitchen herb, the garlic – Allium Sativum to botanists – is a familiar herb and culinary spice. This perennial herb is known for its white colored bulb that is composed of small white cloves that have a … Continue reading Garlic {Allium sativum}

Lotus {Nelumbo nucifera}

ALSO, KNOWN AS: Bean of India Indian Lotus Lotus Sacred Lotus Sacred Water Lotus The aquatic plant family Nelumbonaceae comprises two species and one of them is Nelumbo nucifera. Currently, the recognized name of this species is Linnaean binomial Nelumbo nucifera, which is classified under its several earlier names, including Nymphaea nelumbo and Nelumbium speciosum. … Continue reading Lotus {Nelumbo nucifera}

Jasmine {Jasminum spp.}

ALSO, KNOWN AS: Catalonian Jasmine Common Jasmine Common White Jasmine Italian Jasmine Jasmin Jasmine Flos Jessamine Mo Li Hua Pikake Poet's Jasmine Royal Jasmine Spanish Jasmine Yasmin Jasmine belongs to the olive family, also known as Oleaceae. This shrub and vine genus comprises about 200 species that are indigenous to the warm temperate and tropical … Continue reading Jasmine {Jasminum spp.}

Silverweed {Potentilla anserina}

Also, Known As: Argentine Cramp weed Goosewort Moon Grass Silverweed Wild Tansy Silverweed (botanical name, Potentilla anserina) is a very short perennial herb that grows up to a height of 8 to 16 inches. This herb has runners that are about 3 to 6 feet in length linking new plants having tufts of leaves. Each … Continue reading Silverweed {Potentilla anserina}

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa)

Black Cohosh has been used by Native Americans for more than two hundred years after they discovered the root of the plant helped relieve menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause. These days it is still used for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes/flushes, irritability, mood swings and sleep disturbances. It is also used for PMS, … Continue reading Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa)

Aromatherapy: Neroli {Citrus aurantium}

Neroli essential oil is obtained from the flowers of the Seville orange trees. This essential is obtained by water distilling the orange blossoms since they are very fragile and, hence, cannot undergo the steam distillation process. The aroma of neroli essential oil has a lot of resemblance to bergamot. Neroli essential oil possesses an invigorating and typical, zesty fragrance with … Continue reading Aromatherapy: Neroli {Citrus aurantium}

Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis Also, Known As: Bay Laurel Sweet Bay The herb known as the bay laurel or the sweet bay is native to Asia Minor and the Mediterranean region in general - it is a small evergreen shrub or tree. The early Greeks and Romans admired the bay laurel for its beauty and used the … Continue reading Bay Laurel